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PIVOT and Pitt research funding

Start here: PIVOT

Produced by: ProQuest
About: Why call it "one-stop shopping"? This database includes international, Federal, state, non-profit, foundation, and institutional research, training, travel, and scholarship funding opportunities. It is a subscription-based database; use your MyPitt credentials if off campus to login and create an account. 
Note: Grants found through the links throughout this guide can all be found by searching PIVOT.

Grants Index (Web of Science)

Grants Index

Produced by: Clarivate (Web of Science platform)
About: The Grants Index is designed to present "standardized data sourced from over 400 funders around the globe to help researchers build a more thorough understanding of previous successes in their field by funder." Find successfully funded projects by topic, researcher, funding agency, principal investigator, grant type, and more.


Funding Awards at Pitt

University of Pittsburgh Funding & Research Offices & Services

Note: The funding listed below can also be found in PIVOT. Use these links to get news about opportunities and awards at Pitt.

Office of Research 

Office of Sponsored Programs 

  • The Office of Sponsored Programs offers sessions on using PIVOT, the grant source for "one-stop-shopping", throughout the semester and can help graduate students find funding as well. They point to PIVOT for all new and updated funding opportunities, including any new Pitt funding opportunities.

Office of Research, Health Sciences 

Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) Funding Opportunities 

US Federal Current and Future Funding Resources on the Internet

Produced by: US Health & Human Services
About: system houses information on over 1,000 grant programs and vets grant applications from 26 federal grant-making agencies and other agencies. NIH & HHS grants can be found here.

National Institutes of Health Office of Extramural Research 

  • How to apply- Application guide
    • This covers pretty much everything you know to know about the application process, including:
      • Types of applications
      • How to find forms and Develop your budget
      • Standard due dates
      • Application instructions for different types of grants (K awards, research grants, fellowships, etc.)
  • NIH: Find Funding
    • NIH's official publication of notices of grant policies, guidelines and funding opportunity announcements (FOAs)
  • NIH Types of Grant Programs 
    • Research Grants/Projects (R series)
    • Research Career Development Awards (K series)
    • Institutional Training Grants (T & F series; Research Training & Fellowships Grants)
    • Program Project/Center Grants (P series)
    • Resource Grants (various series)
    • Trans-NIH Programs
      • BISTI
        • Biomedical Information Science and Technology Initiative (BISTI)
      • Blueprint
        • NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research
      • Diversity Supplements
        • Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
      • Administrative Supplements
        • Administrative Supplements to Existing NIH Grants and Cooperative Agreements (Parent Admin Supp) 
      • ESI
        • New and Early Stage Investigators (ESI) Policies
      • GWAS 
        • Genome-Wide Association Studies
      • NIH Common Fund 
        • The Common Fund has been used to support a series of short term, exceptionally high impact, trans-NIH programs known collectively as the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research. As the Common Fund grows, and research opportunities and needs emerge in the scientific community, the portfolio of programs supported by the Common Fund will likely evolve to encompass a diverse set of trans-NIH programs, although the NIH Roadmap is likely to remain a central component.
      • OppNet 
        • NIH Basic Behavioral and Social Science Research Opportunity Network (OppNet)
      • PECASE
        • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)
          Program with listing of NIH Recipients since 1996.  NIH nominates investigator for this award.
      • Stem Cells 
        • Stem Cell Information
      • CounterACT
        • Trans-NIH Countermeasures Against Chemical Threats (CounterACT) program

Produced by: US General Services Administration (GSA)
About: Annual catalog of all federal funding mechanisms, including grants. Use CFDA numbers for searching in Formerly called the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

  • Contract Opportunities
    • Business contracts, not research grants, but some are contracts for outside research expertise to support government research projects.

US Federal Historical Funding Resources on the Internet


  • Use the Matchmaker service to view other project similar to yours based on the abstract or other scienctific texts..
    • Matchmaker summarizes the projects by the program official, institute or center, review panel, and activity code.

      Terms will be weighted by the frequency of appearance in the text submitted. The process is automated and confidential. The Matchmaker system does not track and store submitted text

  • Search for historical information on NIH funded awards by topic, year, amount, and institute. 
  • Great way to see which NIH agencies fund the kind of research you want to do.

National Science Foundation Awards Search

  • Current and previously funded NSF grants

Search PubMed using HSLS embedded information

Produced by: National Library of Medicine (NLM)
About: Search for research on funded projects in PubMed by adding information about the publication type. View a complete list of Publication Types.

  • To add to a search strategy:
    • Run your search as usual in PubMed
    • In Advanced, add your completed search string to the Query Box
    • Add AND "funding type"[pt]
  • Below are the options for funding types. Make sure there is a blank space between the last word of your search query and AND.

USA Spending

  • Formerly the Federal RePORTER. Many of the same agencies that appear in have data in USA spending but it also picks up federal agencies beyond NIH. If you are interested specifically in NIH prior awards, use the NIH RePORTER.
  • Note: This is not the easiest system to navigate. You may need to enter data twice to get the system to recognize your request.

Autoalerts: Receive automatic funding alerts


NIH Guide Weekly Table of Contents email subscriptions

  • Users must register as individuals or as organizational members. Once registered, use the Connect tab to set up saved searches and subscript to automated lists.


  • Use to monitor changes to websites that don't provide email alerting services

For International Applicants

Foundations and Non-profits information

Foundation Directory & Non-profit information

Produced by: CANDID
About: Candid came into being in 2019 when the Foundation Center and GuideStar joined forces. They have 2 subscription databases, one that tracks foundation awards and the other that tracks non-profits. You can view general information about a grantmaker for free (Ex: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) but a subscription is required for more in-depth information.

For New and Early Stage Investigators

NIH Early Stage Investigators Policies


AHRQ: Research Training and Education

  • AHRQ provides an array of pre-doctoral and postdoctoral educational and career development grants and opportunities in health services research training.